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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Called to Serve in......

The new sisters and elders and their companions who are serving in the Paris area. Elder Lucas is 4th from the left in the back row.

Serving in Valenciennes ,  new companions, Elder Cutshall and Elder Lucas

Jacob arrived in Paris Tuesday morning. All 28 of them had a direct flight  leaving from the Salt Lake City Airport to Paris, France. Upon arrival they were greeted with chocolate croissants! They were assigned to companionships the next day and sent on their way! I spoke with Jacob briefly on Monday. He called from the airport. He sounded excited to get to Paris and has enjoyed his time so far. He said his french was coming along nicely. He taught 2 discussions on the train ride to the airport with Elder Omohundro. It was really great to hear his voice and to feel of his excitement. He sends his love to you all.

Please send letters to Elder Lucas for the next 6 weeks to:
Elder Jacob Lucas
Les Missionnaries 19, ave. Albert 1er
Valenciennes, 59 59300

or email at jlucas@myldsmail.com

We received an email today from his mission president. This is what he wrote:

To the Family of Elder Lucas
Sister Babin and I were delighted to welcome your son , Elder Jacob Tyler Lucas , into the France Paris Mission on 30 Sep 2014. He and his MTC companions were enthusiastic and all arrived in good health.  He spent his first day eating some good food, visiting with me, contacting non-members in the heart of Paris, and sharing testimonies.  We enjoyed his spirit.
The next morning, after a mission orientation, Elder Lucas left for his first assignment to work in the Valen. 4 Area with Elder Palfreyman|Cutshall|Buxton , who will be his trainer.  Their apartment address is:
Les Missionnaries 19, ave. Albert 1er
Valenciennes, 59 59300
Any packages or letters you would like to send will reach your missionary at this address.
We feel very privileged to work with your  son .  We also realize the responsibility we share with you to help him continue to grow spiritually as he faithfully performs his duties.  May the Lord inspire us all to sustain him in this challenging and exciting assignment.  We hope you will join Sister Babin and me in praying each day for your son , his companion, investigators, and all of us serving in the France Paris Mission.
A positive, supportive letter from home every week does wonders to sustain a missionary’s morale.  Proverbs 25:25 states:  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Frédéric Jean Babin
President, France Paris Mission

Dear Families of our Missionaries,
I am pleased to be able to send you this little E-mail to announce to you the creation of the Facebook of the Paris France Mission Babin.
We hope to be able to place photos of the events that take place here in the mission every 15 days so that we might share with you the Spirit that animates our mission.  Your comments are welcome, but we hope you understand we will not be able to respond to each one individually because of time.
We are very grateful for the support that you give through your prayers and the E-mails for your children. It is very precious.
Some amazing things are happening in this mission thanks to the faith, the perseverance and the desire of our missionaries to better fulfill the reason why they are here on mission. They are continually putting amazing efforts into raising the bar and to see the fruits of their labors.
We are very grateful for these chosen youth who have been place in our care and we assure you that we are doing all that we can to make sure they are taken care of. We love and care for them dearly.
We invite you to join our group, so that you might be able to participate in the great moments unfolding in each photo. Here is the name : “France Paris Mission Babin”
Sister Babin

As you know, the missionaries cherish the letters and packages that they receive from their families and we are well aware of the time, effort and sometimes even sacrifices that these packages are for you.
To be sure they arrive in a timely manner and in the best conditions, please follow these recommendations:

1 - Make sure your shipment is properly stamped and paid for.
2 - Verify that the address of the sender and the recipient are written legibly. 
Write clearly:
Les Missionnaires
Elder … or Sister …
3 - On the customs declaration write:  Missionary Personal Supplies  
4 - Do not forget to write the country of destination and of origin.
5 - Make sure your package is securely packed.
6 - Never send cash by post. It is prohibited under French law.
7 - Remember that the bigger the package, the greater the risk of it being damaged.
8 - Send the package to the address of the apartment of your missionary and not to the mission office. Packages sent to the mission office will not be forwarded to the missionaries by mail.
9 – Don’t send packages within the 15 days before a transfer. Transfers are every 6 weeks. Ask your missionary to keep you informed of transfer dates.
10 - Remember to send Christmas, Easter, and birthday packages at least 3 weeks early.

11 - If you can, it would be very nice to include in your package something for your  missionary's  son companion. In fact, some of our missionaries receive no support or packages from their loved ones and this could be a support for them, as well as very beneficial to their relationship with their companion.

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